On this day in 1951 King George VI officially opened the Festival of Britain, along with the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. Intended to mark the centenary of the 1851 Great Exhibition, the Festival also served to boost the nation's spirits following the devastation and continued rationing of the Second World War. Eight-and-a-half-million people visited the exhibition in Waterloo, which promoted British science, design, art and culture.
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